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Platycerium bifurcatum

Elkhorn Fern

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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Platycerium bifurcatum
Principal Common Name Elkhorn Fern
Common Name(s)
Description The Elkhorn fern is an epiphyte, growing on the trunks and branches of trees. Each plant is composed of a mass of plantlets. A plantlet consists of a nest leaf 12-30 cm wide, lying against the bark of the host tree. The nest leaves of neighbouring plantlets overlap one another. The nest leaves become brown and papery with age.
General Comments
Height Range 18 - 24 IN
Spread Range 24 - 36 IN
Flower Showy N
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Blue-green
Leaf Texture Coarse
Form Epiphyte : Fern
Flower Color
Flower Time
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Mounted on Bark
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Foliage : Form : Shade tolerant

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